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- Recommended for strong chewers
- For dogs 20 to 50 pounds
- Treats sold separately
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★★★★★ Five StarsSize: Large
This toy is great-- dare I say BETTER than the Kong Classic? It's a tough toy like the classic but probably wouldn't be an ideal choice for power chewers (you need something stronger like the black Kong extreme). Where it does excel over the Kong are the little "teeth" that are inside the opening. The teeth do a great job of making the dog work to get the food out. I see where a lot of people want to know how the large squirrel compares in size to the large kong-- the squirrel is bigger! Large Kong is 4inches tall, and the large squirrel is 5.5 inches tall. I have attached a couple of pictures to compare.
★★★★★ Five StarsSize: Medium
My new 65 lb Malinois is a strong chewer and has chewed the tops off of several of the red Kongs. But these Buddy Squirrels appear to be thicker or of a denser material then the Kong brand. The medium sized Buddy Squirrel is the same size as a large Kong. Unless your dog is well over 65 lbs or has the jaws of a tiger, the medium size may be the correct size for your dog. My dogs have be unable to chewer through these. I cut out the four rubber "prongs" in the opening of the Buddy Squirrel with a box cutter and stuff them with canned dog food. I then freeze them over night. In the mornings when I want some peace and quiet I give my two Malinois the frozen stuffed Buddy Squirrels and this treat keeps them happily occupied for an hour or two. The medium sized Buddy Squirrels can handle almost 1/3rd a can of dog food which is exactly the amount I wish to feed of the canned food. I occasionally stuff in bits of carrot, apple, celery, peeled broccoli stems, fresh ground peanut butter (the other "Skippy-type" has too much fat and will give the dogs the runs) or even bits of raw meat to give the canned food a bit of texture. I believe dogs should have to work a bit for their food as it challenges them both physically and mentally. I have purchased a couple of the large Buddy Squirrels also but they are so big and heavy that I think they are better suited for a much larger dog. I'm afraid to play catch with the large Buddy Squirrel for fear of damaging her teeth. The large size is really, really heavy duty. I don't think a Tiger would chew through those. OK, maybe a Tiger. The medium sized ones are lighter and I feel more comfortable tossing them lightly and allowing her to catch them. Remember that dogs should be monitored with any chew-type toy.
★★★★☆ Four StarsSize: Medium
Got a medium for my 55 pound dog and its a pretty good fit. I fill it with dry kibble and he makes out with it for hours. He has a collection of treat dispensing toys that roll around (Kong Wobbler, Starmark dispensing ball, etc) and he loves those but I was looking for something that would keep him idle for a few hours. He just had surgery and is on crate rest for 2 months and this toy is perfect for keeping him busy! He chewed the Kong Wobbler in half after about 10 minutes of frustration but after two weeks this toys is still solid.My only issue is the kibbles soak up his slobber and get pushed into the end so he can never really empty it completely. My main concern is if I didn't take the time to dissolve the treats and clean out the toy then they'd get moldy.
★★★★★ Five StarsSize: Large
When I first adopted my dogs from the shelter a couple years ago, I spent a while perusing dog toy reviews to find ones that would 1) last a long time - my dogs are big time chewers, 2) helped them pass time and occupy them when I'm at work - they spend more time than I'd like in their crates, and 3) is easy to clean. These squirrels (I bought two) were everything I could hope for and more! I followed the advice of other reviewers and just barely cut the tips off of the plastic nubs to make it a little easier to have food come out. If I ever replace these squirrels (not any time soon) I will probably leave the nubs as is because my dogs have become experts at getting treats out. I stuff the squirrels with several small training treats and one large marrowbone cookie that perfectly fits in the entrance of the squirrel. My pups will spend hours manipulating the toys to get the treats out - either by throwing the treats on the ground, bouncing them off the wall or side of their crates, bringing them to my husband or I to throw them (not sure if they want to play fetch or they think our throws will help release more treats), or by laying there and trying to lick the treats out with their tongues (I added a picture of one of my crazy dogs doing just that. I'll usually fill these with 7 or 8 training treats and one marrowbone cookie in the morning and when I come home there are still a couple treats left. Once empty, my dogs have taken to just chewing the squirrels like chew toys. They are heavy duty plastic and easy to hand-wash or throw in the dishwasher. Lots of toys have come and go (especially those fuzzy squeaker toys that don't last more than a week) but I can see these sticking around forever!
★★★★★ Five StarsSize: Large
My labrador used to eat her dinner in 40 seconds flat. Now she gets it in two fillings of the Busy Buddy Squirrel, and it takes her 10+ minutes to eat, batting the toy all over the floor. She's tried to chew her kibble out, and it held up magnificently. She's tried to use her tongue to get the kibble out, to no avail. She enjoys the mental challenge, and entertains everyone around in the process.The Busy Buddy is durable... and this from a dog who believes it is her job to destroy toys as quickly as possible. I tried a puzzle ball food toy before, and she ruined that one fast... but this one is simpler in design and much harder to destroy. It's rather like a Kong in shape and durability, but the opening is much smaller and has flaps protruding into it to slow the flow of treats/food out of it. My dog bats it around the floor to get food out, and has even tossed it down the stairs.I use her kibble right out of the bag, and didn't need to trim anything to have it come out at appropriate intervals. There are usually a few pieces that are very difficult to get out right at the end, because there's not the weight of the rest of the food helping to push it out. If you're doing individual treats, the Busy Buddy probably isn't your best bet for this reason. But for feeding kibble, it is great. It holds just under a cup at a filling.